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Can a nonChinese invest in .CN domain and what is its potential?


.CN is the cctld for China. I have a few .CN domains. 

Generally Western domainers shy off from investing in .CN. Many of them think .CN has special requirements. 

Are there special requirements for .CN?

The CN central registry, CNNIC, no longer requires documentation to register a .CN domain. However, if you want to set name servers for your .CN domain aka use the domain aka change the nameservers of the domain, you will need to submit the following documentation:

If you are an individual, please provide a photo ID, such as a Passport or Identification Card, along with its ID number.

If you are a business, please provide a copy of your business license, such as Articles of Incorporation, along with the license ID number.

The name on the ID or license must match exactly with your Whois contact record information.

So, there are no special requirements just to invest in .CN If you want to host a website on a .CN domain, as an individual, it just needs your photo ID.

Godaddy, Dynadot, Uniregistry offers .CN registration in the western world.

.CN’s potential as an investment:

We might as well look at .CN’s potential as an investment. I need to draw your attention to few threads by Cynthia and Kassey Lee’s comments in Namepros back in January 2016.

1) Huge growth:


cn growth chart

This is the latest growth chart and we can see .CN continues its growth.

2) #1 CCtld


January was the month .CN surpassed .DE in terms of numbers and became the world’s largest cctld.

3) #1 domain market


Kassey Lee's comment


Just like any other CCtlds are hot in countries they belong to, I think .CN will only grow in its popularity and smart investors can take advantage of this.  Some of the .CN sales Cynthia reported recently were confirming of this growth.

Happy Investing!

Jijo Pappachan

Jijo Pappachan is a Chinese Domain names investor, trader, broker, author, and blogger. He started domaining in 2015 and made it big during the surge that time. He has sold more than 1000 domains. He is part of DNOAi, Domain Name Owners Association of India.
[Disclaimer: My analysis could be wrong. Do your own due diligence while making investment decisions. If you want me to write about something specific, email me.]

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